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Rihanna Drops Two New Tracks From Home Soundtrack

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Personally, I was hoping the full version of “American Oxygen” would leak first. That’s a potential smash in the making. Instead, two more contributions from Rihanna off the Home soundtrack have arrived. Surprisingly, I’m leaning towards the ballad more than the uptempo track.

As Real As You And Me” was co-written by RiRi and produced by Rodney Jerkins. The 27-year-old’s slow jams often get overshadowed by her club bangers. “Take A Bow” and “Stay” are among her finest moments, if you ask me. This new one, ranks up there.

The second track, titled “Dancing In The Dark,” isn’t a Bruce Springsteen cover, but rather an original composition from long-time collaborate Ester Dean. It’s nice but nothing that immediately jumps out. I suppose it’s suitably fitted for an animated film soundtrack. Check out both tracks below.

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Rihanna Reunites With Battleship Director

In: Donovan, Movies, Music

Fear not, a sequel for Battleship has not been greenlit. Can you imagine a studio exec crazy enough to finance another film based on the classic board game? One was more than enough. Though beautifully shot, that sci-fi action film was one hot mess.

Rihanna and Peter Berg, who directed her in Battleship, are once again teaming up. This time, the 27-year-old singer will be the focus of the project. Berg will produce a theatrical feature documentary that will give an “unfiltered look into Rihanna’s life and how she’s ascended to become a global icon.”

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Is Rihanna the 21st century version of Helen of Troy? It would appear so based on this juicy piece of gossip courtesy of Page Six. How many more ships can we expect the Barbadian beauty to launch?

Drake and Chris Brown previously fought over the 27-year-old singer’s heart and now RiRi has a couple of supermodels vying for her attention.

The New York publication reports an altercation occurred between Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne during Paris Fashion Week. Even though Delevingne is playing a super villain in Suicide Squad, my money is Campbell. The 44-year-old legendary model even scares me. She can turn anything, including a cell phone, into a lethal weapon.

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Rihanna teased yet another track from her forthcoming album tentatively titled R8. This time, however, it’s a bit more uptempo than previous teasers. Thank God. I was half worried RiRi’s eighth studio album was going to be one big snoozefest.

American Oxygen” made its debut Thursday night during a promo for the NCAA March Madness tournament. The 30-second clip features the 27-year-old twirling in front of an American flag while basketball footage plays in between. Rihanna looks effortlessly stunning. Check out the vid below.

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Rihanna Previews Two New Tracks

In: Donovan, Music

The Navy must be rejoicing today. Their diva didn’t just preview one track, but two new tracks.

The 27-year-old singer first took to Instagram to share two clips of “Higher.” Like “FourFiveSeconds” the track is on the mellower side but instead of an acoustic guitar it’s more piano driven. I really hope RiRi has some solid club bangers and more uptempo fare on her forthcoming R8.

The other track, “Dancing In The Dark,” is not off R8 but instead from the soundtrack of her upcoming animated film Home co-starring Jennifer Lopez. Dreamworks shared a clip from the movie where the song is played. Check out both previews below and weigh in afterward.

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Both Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez provide voices for DreamWorks’ upcoming animated film, Home. RiRi plays a teenage girl named Tip while J. Lo taps into her maternal side to play her mother.

I wonder how the 45-year-old American Idol judge feels about that. To be fair, Lopez could pass more as her sister. Lopez has definitely found the fountain of youth and isn’t sharing her secrets.

RiRi forgoes the acoustic vibe of “FourFiveSeconds” and opts instead for a tribal beat for “Towards The Sun.” The track is somewhat reminiscent of her Coldplay collaboration, “Princess of China.” Meanwhile, Jenny from the Block goes the ethereal route with breathy vocals on the ballad “Feel The Light.”

Others featured on the film soundtrack include Kiesza and Charli XCX. Home hits theaters on March 27. Check out “Towards The Sun” and “Find The Light” below and weigh in afterwards.

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To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Korean edition of W magazine chose Rihanna as their cover girl. Not for just one, but for three collectible covers. Photographer Dennis Leupold snapped the 26-year-old singer for the special occasion.

RiRi sports three distinctively different stylish outfits. On the one above, she looks angelic in an all-white ensemble which includes a sexy unzipped dress. In another, she rocks a royal blue coat accessorized by red strappy sandals and lastly, a satin mustard number in the third. Check out the other covers below and weigh in on which one is your favorite afterward.

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2015 Grammy Awards: My Favorite Moments

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

Throughout the night, only a handful of awards were presented during the 57th Grammy Awards. The marathon telecast instead opted to show performances. Some were memorable while others almost put me to sleep. Seriously, I have no idea what Ariana Grande was thinking. She has so many far superior songs than the ballad she chose.

By far, my favorite was Sia’s latest performance of her smash hit “Chandelier.” Maddie was once again on hand to execute some wicked contemporary choreography but this time she was joined by the hilarious Kristen Wiig. I’m still in shock the Aussie singer lost out Best Video to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” #robbed

Other highlights came from female veterans. Madonna injected some much needed energy in a night filled with ballads. Say what you will, but the 56-year-old can still deliver a fun pop performance. Meanwhile, Annie Lennox cast a spell on the audience when she joined Hozier. Mary J. Blige did the same when she paired up with Best New Artist Sam Smith on his ubiquitous hit, “Stay With Me.”

Beyonce closed out the show by delivering a soaring gospel number. Instead of being accompanied by women on stage, Bey opted to feature men who have suffered and lived. “I felt like this is an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in black men,” she revealed. Check out her unforgettable performance below along with the others. Be sure to weigh in on your favorite Grammy performances.

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